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Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water, has announced that the President's nominee for the Assistant Administrator in the Office of Water, Ken Kopocis, will be joining EPA on November 2 as a Senior Advisor while he awaits final Senate Confirmation. Mr. Kopocis has worked on water issues in Congress for more than 25 years and helped develop numerous pieces of environmental legislation, including the Clean Water Act.  Most recently, Mr. Kopocis has been Senior Counsel on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and prior to that was the staff director for the Environment Committee on House T&I. Mr. Kopocis was approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee with bi-partisan support in late-September but has yet to be brought before the full Senate. Ms. Stoner will continue in her role as Acting Assistant Administrator, serving as the final decision maker for the Office of Water until Mr. Kopocis is confirmed.